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Hal WalkerStork Club, The (1945)

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Taken from IMDB: A hat-check girl at the Stork Club (Hutton) saves the life of a drowning man (Fitzgerald). A rich man, he decides to repay her by anonymously giving her a bank account, a luxury apartment and a charge account at a department store. When her boyfriend (DeFore) returns from overseas, he thinks she is a kept woman.


This movie is part of the collection: Feature Films

Director: Hal Walker
Producer: Harold Wilson
Production Company: B.G. DeSylva Productions Inc
Audio/Visual: sound, black & white
Keywords: Comedy; Musical; Romance

Creative Commons license: Public Domain


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Average Rating: 4.57 out of 5 stars4.57 out of 5 stars4.57 out of 5 stars4.57 out of 5 stars4.57 out of 5 stars

Reviewer: ghostmadl - 3.00 out of 5 stars3.00 out of 5 stars3.00 out of 5 stars - October 8, 2013
Subject: Fun!
Great music, great story line. And DeFoe is beautiful. :)

Reviewer: katperrr - 5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars - August 4, 2012
Subject: Great
Great

Reviewer: Dark Moon - 5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars - May 8, 2011
Subject: Plenty of comedy, and music, too!

With a bit of help, a hat-check girl at the Stork Club (Hutton) saves the life of a drowning man (Fitzgerald)—in fact, she has to fish him out twice. A wealthy tight-wadded and curmudgeonly Irishman (complete with Hiberno-English and brogue, which adds to the comedic effect), he nevertheless decides to become her anonymous benefactor (she reminds him of the wife who left him for another man). Showing an amazing lack of foresight, he allows her unlimited access to his funds (not realizing her capacity to spend it freely), and allows his attorney a free hand in arranging the details (not realizing his attorney's sense of devilment).

Fitzgerald's character, naturally wanting to see her reaction, arranges to be at the Stork Club when she receives the letter informing her of her benefits. She, thinking from his choice of clothing (he is a miser, and spends little on himself) that he is a poor tramp, gets him a job as busboy at the Stork Club, and then invites him to stay at her new apartments. Hilarity ensues; I haven't laughed so hard all month.

Things turn a bit grimmer, though, when her fiancé returns home from his stint in the US Marine Corps to find her "living in a tub of butter" (that one's from The Women). Wondering what guy is providing it all, he becomes jealous of both "the tramp," and of her boss, the owner of the Stork Club; she is just a little too friendly with both of them for his tastes. She doesn't help her cause, either, by transparently lying to him while telling him that he must trust her. Despite all that, the comedy is kept going as misunderstandings multiply, new characters arrive to add complexity to the story, and Hutton's character manipulates her way through the rest of the movie. Everything turns out alright and everyone forgives her in the end, though, for her heart is in the right place (right behind her breastbone, a little to the left of center), and she is just so cute and adorable, you know.

Both ambitious, Hutton's character wants to be a jazz singer, and her fiancé wants to start a jazz band. Showing her versatility, Hutton sings straight jazz, some comedic numbers, and one or two slow and sweet waltzes. When she peeks over a tupidanthus frond during one number and "mugs" at the audience, I am reminded of Lucille Ball.

All in all, enough plot complexity and character personality to remain interesting, plenty of material for comedy (boy-girl relationships, on-the-job situations, and the usual human misunderstandings), and a variety of musical styles (more than just big band jazz) make this film fun and entertaining throughout.

Reviewer: bestpbx - 5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars - December 30, 2009
Subject: Great little movie.
This is a good movie.

It is.

Really.

Reviewer: Gopher_Baroque - 4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars - December 29, 2009
Subject: fun to watch, story is kind of silly
The female lead is very versatile, singing very well a variety of song styles. Kind of silly, but showed some problems of wealth. Light story, fun to watch song-and-dances.

Reviewer: jcliff - 5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars - February 19, 2009
Subject: love ya pops
this movie was very good,pops was so sweet,he made the movie for me.I will watch it again for sure.I give it 5 stars.

Reviewer: g rated - 5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars - March 13, 2008
Subject: Dont be so anonymous
Anonymous ltr states- you have been most
accomodating. Full of negotiations gone haywire -
great laughs - jive musicians - you will love this one